Grades 3-6 | Author Desiree Webber presents The Buffalo Train Ride - Jan 28, 2021 12:10pm EST
About this event:
Why did fifteen buffalo board a train in New York City on the cold, rainy night of October 11, 1907? Because thirty years earlier almost all the buffalo were hunted out of existence. These fifteen bison are headed for a new home. Children’s author Desiree Webber tells the incredible story of how humanity almost destroyed the American buffalo, but people came together to save this magnificent animal from extinction. At the beginning of the presentation, Webber first shows children how important the American bison were to the Plains Indian culture. Using artifacts such as bones, a winter robe, skull, horn spoon, moccasin, etc., she demonstrates how this one animal provided food, shelter, clothing and more. Then westward expansion and buffalo hunters change the nation. Webber uses historical photographs and passages from her book to discuss buffalo hunters pouring onto the Great Plains. At one time there were over 40 million buffalo in the United States. By 1884, there are less than 600. The program concludes with how people saved the American buffalo. Using historical and present-day photographs, Webber describes how individuals from New York to Washington D.C. to the Oklahoma Territory worked together to create a bison preserve—the first one in the nation!